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Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad

225 10th St, Boone, IA 50036
515-432-4249
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Ranked #2 of 5 Attractions in Boone
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

For one the tickets in my opinion were high. We choose the 24 doller each ticket and sat on the open car. While being outside was nice it started to show some problems. We all could stand up while it was moving, but we all noticed black stuff all over our butt and back. Found out later it was soot... More

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Boynton Beach, FL
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5 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

On our way to Mt. Rushmore my husband and I were intrigue by the idea of having dinner on a train. It is a romantic concept from the Golden Age of Rail Travel and we were anxious to experience it. It was an enjoyable and relaxing train ride with two and one-half hour scenic ride through the Des Moines River... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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16 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We took the train ride. It was a pleasant ride, but not too scenic. Mostly you were in trees. However, going over the river and by the YMCA Camp was fun. The kids at camp were there to wave at you. Going over the trestle was fun too.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This is fun to do w/ kids and adults as well. It is a relaxing ride. The museum is very nice. The museum is more for adults than for the kids, but I loved it. The staff was very friendly. This is a very nice attraction for Boone. We had a groupon which made the price very affordable. It was... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We bought tickets via Groupon. It was a great value. Enjoyed looking in the train museum and of course the train ride. For a real experience we chose to take one of the non air conditioned cars. It was not hot but quite comfortable on the shaded side of the car. There were also refreshments for sell and a restroom.

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Williamsburg, Iowa
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21 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This was the first stop of a week long vacation. We had purchased a groupon which was 2 adult/2kid tickets on the train and the museum. I had called to make reservations and the customer service person let me know that it would be good to come early and do the museum first and then get some lunch and then... More

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Northville, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We were in Des Moines for a week & on July 4th we decided to do the train ride. My kids were excited to ride a real train, so it was worth the price. Not a lot to look at during the ride besides a ton of trees! We did pass by a YMCA kids camp, the Des Moines river... More

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Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I have been on the train in Boone several times. My grandpa was a train buff, so we would be frequent visitors. We once took the dinner train, and it is worth the money, especially if you are with someone who loves all things trains! My husband and I recently took our daughter and three children I take care of... More

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Walton, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I liked it. Unfortunately I get motion sick so I recommend taking something ahead of time. I did get to stand in the snack car with the wind blowing on me and that seemed to help. Then the trip was great. We had a wonderful time.

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New Lisbon, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Wonderful Night on the Dinner Train...the view....the food....the information ....the people who served us....was all so memorable....even tho it rained..Summer2014...shared with friends

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